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Statius and Epic Games

Statius and Epic Games

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Statius and Epic Games
Epic games are more than just an interlude; they reflect the realities of epic:heroism, power and war. This first major study of the athletic games in Statius’
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uses them to produce a new reading of the poem as a whole.It explores each event in Statius’ games, discussing intertextual manoeuvres,historicalcontextandpoeticpositioning,developingathemefromeach:audiencepower, cosmic disruption, national identity, masculinity and the body, games andwar, kingship and narrative control. This book uses a close reading of one part of one text to range over ancient literature. It casts light on the tradition of games inancient epic as a whole, examining the works of Homer, Virgil, Apollonius, Ovidand Lucan. It is essential reading for the student of Statius and of ancient epic,and should also appeal to historians of Roman society with an interest in sportand spectacle.
helen lovatt
is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Nottingham. Shehas written numerous articles on Latin epic and its reception.

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